VMware loses CEO Gelsinger to Intel

Intel says it will bring on current VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger Feb. 15 to replace Intel CEO Bob Swan.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger
Daniel Masaoka

Intel said it will bring on current VMware leader Pat Gelsinger as its new chief executive officer, effective Feb. 15, 2021.  The 40-year technology industry vet replaces Intel’s Bob Swan, who will remain CEO until that date.

For VMware, the company said it was initiating a global executive search process to name a permanent chief and that Zane Rowe, current VMware CFO will become interim CEO.

“Pat led the company in expanding our core virtualization footprint and broadening our capabilities to cloud, networking, 5G/edge and security, while almost tripling revenue to nearly $12 billion,” Rowe said in a statement. “VMware remains focused on helping customers optimize their digital infrastructure—from app modernization and multi-cloud to networking, security and digital workspaces. We look forward to continued growth and innovation across our technology offerings.”

Gelsinger, who spent some 30 years at Intel and was its CTO, was by most accounts being set up to be Intel’s CEO before leaving for EMC in 2009 and then taking the reins at VMware in 2012.

While at Intel, he helped create key technologies, including USB and Wi-Fi, led Intel to be the dominant supplier of the microprocessor—while in the significant role as the architect of the original 80486 processor, according to his VMware bio.

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